Aonuma Says Zelda Wii U Development is ‘Still Up in the Air’

Apparently we’ve been getting some mixed messages regarding the development progress of Zelda Wii U. Series creator Shigeru Miyamoto said that the game is “pretty deep in development” and could have even been shown off at this year’s E3. In a different interview, he clarified that the team had “pretty much determined” their direction for the new game.

But series producer Eiji Aonuma tells a different story. He says he has no idea how far in development the game is because “things are still up in the air.” Click below for his full comments.

He explained his struggle to pin down the new game’s stage of development in a recent interview with the LA Times’ “Hero Complex”:

I’m the one clamoring for dates and deadlines, but all that stuff can get thrown out the window at any given time. The company is always telling us, ‘When are you going to be done with your games?’ Because they need a release date. But I can’t tell you where in the development we are because things are still up in the air.

“Things are still up in the air” doesn’t really sound like they’ve “pretty much determined” the game’s direction to me! I think we’ll see a much longer road to Zelda Wii U than most have anticipated.

Source: LA Times

  • awsomeMrlink

    Aonuma probably should’ve said they have a clear idea of their direction, but they haven’t determined important things (Dungeons, Some of the plot, side quests). They have enough that they could show it off at e3, but not enough to determine release date.

  • lunchbox87

    Im cool with when ever .. no need to rush perfection there is always a huge gap between major console Zelda games and i see this no different

  • Phoebe

    They can take their time to make the new Zelda game perfect and wonderful but if they’re spending all their time on multiplayer in the game I’m gonna be a little pissed, The Legend of Zelda wouldn’t work as a multiplayer game.

    • chris

      Four Swords Adventures

      • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

        Although I love that game to death, I think there’s a reason it’s the worst-selling Zelda title to date.

        • chris

          Not because it was poorly received, though. I love it, you love it, and everyone I know who played it loves it. It just didn’t make it into everyone’s hands. Nintendo had the perfect opportunity to get it to everyone with the 3ds but instead kept it locked to the Ambassador Program. It sucks having the game there on my screen and no one to play with =(

    • EyeOfSheikah

      I HIGHLY doubt they are spending all of this time on multiplayer. I seem to recall an interview where it was stated that the “multiplayer” would take on a similar role as in the Wind Waker HD.

  • EnaZeibekiko

    I remember the wait for Ocarina of Time felt interminable.

  • K2L

    Reminds me of when Iwata said SS would be released in 2010, and then Reggie said it would be released “when it’s perfect”. These guys don’t communicate much each other, it seems.

  • Guesty pooh!

    As quoted in a Guns ‘n’ Roses song:
    ‘What we have here is, a failure to communicate.’
    Maybe they should use miiverse, so we all know what’s going on.

    I’d prefer they make the game that amazes us rather than rush it out and under-deliver, although I can’t remember ever using the words Zelda & under-deliver in the same sentence.

  • InfernalDinosaur

    Who knows what their pipeline is like. Certain areas of development could be more concrete. Perhaps they have the art direction and story down now are determining what other aspects of the game are like – like the gameplay and dungeons. What they are actually saying is very vague, but it still sounds like they are in preproduction.

  • Dwnae

    I agree with Phoebe it should not be multiplayer game, that would ruin the special feeling that i have had with all other zelda games.

    • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

      “the special feeling that i have had with all other zelda games”?

      *cough* Four Swords *cough* Four Swords Adventures *cough*